World English Dictionary
supply1 (səˈplaɪ)
vb (often foll by with) , -plies, -plying, -plied
1.  to furnish with something that is required: to supply the community with good government
2.  (tr; often foll by to or for) to make available or provide (something that is desired or lacking): to supply books to the library
3.  (tr) to provide for adequately; make good; satisfy: who will supply their needs?
4.  to serve as a substitute, usually temporary, in (another's position, etc): there are no clergymen to supply the pulpit
5.  (Brit) (tr) to fill (a vacancy, position, etc)
n , -plies, -plying, -plied, -plies
6.  a.  the act of providing or something that is provided
 b.  (as modifier): a supply dump
7.  (often plural) an amount available for use; stock
8.  (plural) food, equipment, etc, needed for a campaign or trip
9.  economics
 a.  willingness and ability to offer goods and services for sale
 b.  Compare demand the amount of a commodity that producers are willing and able to offer for sale at a specified price
10.  military
 a.  the management and disposal of food and equipment
 b.  (as modifier): supply routes
11.  (often plural) a grant of money voted by a legislature for government expenses, esp those not covered by other revenues
12.  (in Parliament and similar legislatures) the money voted annually for the expenses of the civil service and armed forces
13.  a.  a person who acts as a temporary substitute
 b.  (as modifier): a supply vicar
14.  a source of electrical energy, gas, etc
15.  obsolete aid or assistance
[C14: from Old French souppleier, from Latin supplēre to complete, from sub- up + plēre to fill]

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